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R. A. MASONS, STATE OF GEORGIA, 



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SIXTY-THIRD ANNUAL CONVOCATION, 



HELD IN 



THE CITY OF ATLANTA, 



April 29th, A. D., 1885-A. I., 2415. 



MACON GEORGIA : 

J. W. BURKE & CO., PRINTERS, STATIONERS, AND BINDERS. 
1885. 



PROCEEDINGS. 



The Most Excellent Grand Royal Arch Chapter 
OF THE State of Georgia assembled in Animal Convocation, 
in the Hall of Mount Zion Chapter, No. 16, in the c'.ty of 
Atlanta, on Wednesday, the 29th day of April, A. D., 1885 — 
A. I., 2415, and was opened in Ample Form, at 10 o'clock, a. m. 

ELECTIVE GRAND OFFICERS PRESENT. 

M.-. E.-. W. A. Graham Grand High Priest. 

R.'. E.-. A. M. WoLiHix Deputy Grand High Priest. 

R.'. E.\ James W. Taylor Grand King. 

R.'. E.". Thomas Ballantynj^ Grand Scribe. 

R.'. E.\ JosKPH E. Wells Grand Treasurer. 

R.'. E.*. J. Emmett Blackshear. ... ... Grand Secretary. 

R,\ E.'. AND Rev. Lancing Burrows . . » . Grand Chaplain j^ro tern. 
CoMP. Jacob Morris Grand Tyler. 

APPOINTED GRAND OFFICERS. 

E.'. A. M. Lambdin Grand Captain of the Host. 

B.". H. C. Burr Grand Principal Sojourner. 

E.'. A. H. Sneed Grand Royal Arch Captain. 

E.-. J. B. Smith Grand Master Third Vail. 

E.\ J. W. RussEY . . , , . . . Grand Master Second Vail. 

E.'. J. F. Stilwell Grand Master First Vail. 

PERMANENT MEMBERS. 

M.'. E.'. Samuel Lawrence Past Grand High Priest. 

M.*. E.*. Luther J. Glenn Past Grand High Priest. 

M.\ E.*. George W. Adams ........ Past Grand High Priest. 

M.'. E.'. William J. Johnson Past Grand High Priest. 

M.-. E.-. J. W. OsLiN Past Grand High Priest, 

M.*. E.". Charles E. Lambdin. ....... Past Gra,nd High Priest. 

R.'. E.*. William J. Pollard Past Grand King. 

R.'. E.-. C. F. Lewis Past Grand Scribe. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES. 

California J. W. Oslin. 

Kansas Luther J. Glenn. 

Louisiana J. Emmett Blackshear. 

Maryland J. W. Oslin. 

Massachusetts Luther J. Glenn. 

Mississippi Samuel Lawrence. 

Missouri Samuel Lawrence. 



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Nebraska Luther J. Glenn. 

New Jersey George W. Adams. 

New York J. W. Oslin. 

Quebec. J. Eramett Blackshear. 

South Carolina J. Emmett Blaekshear. 

Wisconsin William J. Johnson. 

USUAL courtesy TO ALL ROYAL ARCH MASONS. 

On motion of Companion Wells, duly seconded, all Royal 
Arch Masons, in good standing and properly avouched, were 
invited to witness the deliberations of this Grand Convocation. 

committee ON credentials. 
A committee on credentials was appointed, consisting of Com- 
panions Hiram Middlebrook, J. J. Harper, and M. A. B. 
Tatum, who, in due time, submitted the following report, whicii 
was adopted : 

REPORT. 
To the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Georgia : 

The Committee on Credentials report that the following are the proper 
Representatives of the Subordinate Chapters, to- wit : 

Augusta Lancing Burrows Past High Priest. 

Georgia Thomas Ballantyne . High Priest. 

Constantine . . Joseph E. Wells. High Priest. 

Darley J. W. Oslin . High Priest. 

W. C. Coarts King. 

Glenn C. C. Owen Scribe. 

Pythagoras . . . . H. C. Burr High Priest. 

LaFayettk . . . . W. J. Johnson King. 

Mount Zion . . . . J. A. Gray High Priest. 

" B. F. Moore King. 

" L. H. Bradfield Scribe. 

Trion A. W. Hughes > . . . . Scribe. 

Thomaston . . . . T. S. Sharman High Priest. 

P. T. Schley. ... J. M. Mobley High Priest. 

CuTHBERT J. J. Harper High Priest. 

Newnan Orlando McClendon High Priest. 

" G. H. Carmichael King. 

Wm. S. Rockwell . J. A. Stewart High Priest. 

Mount Vernon. . . J. D. Spence High Priest. 

41. Adoniram Thomas Burry High Piiest. 

42. Wells W. T. A. Dunn Past High Priest. 

Lawrence E. Bellflower High Priest. 

No. 51. Mystic S. M. Lambdin High Priest. 

No. 53. Pierce James 0. Mangham High Priest. 

No. 54. Jackson E. E. Pound High Priest. 



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No. 58. Senoia J. P. Taylor High Priest. 

" F. M. Brantley King. 

M. H. Couch Scribe. 

No. 5. Hiram , A. H. Sneed High Priest. 

No. 60. Trenton. . . , J. W. Russey High Priest. 

No. 62. Perry J. B, Smith High Priest. 

No. 15. Albany A. Sterne High Priest. 

We find the following Past High Priests present, to-wit : 
R. F. Lester, Past High Priest of Jesup Chapter ; J. F. Stilwell, Pytha- 
goras Chapter, No. 10 ; M. A. B. Tatum, Trenton Chapter, No. 60 ; A. C. 
North, Past High Priest Senoia Chapter, No. 58 ; W. A. Mitchell, Past High 
Priest Newnan Chapter, No. 34 ; Calvin Fay, G. H. Hoiliday, C. L. Wilson, 
Joe Flieshell, No. 1. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

H. MIDDLEBROOK, 
J. J. HARPER, 
M. A. B. TATUM, 

Committee. 

COMMITTEES APPOINTED. 

The following additional eomniittees were then appointed : 

On Charters and By-Laws— (jqq. W. Adams, M. H. Couch, B. F. Moore. 

On Jurisprudence — J. M. Mobley, C. F. Lewis, J. A. Gray. 

On Recorded Journals — C. L. Wilson, E. Bellflower, A. C. North. 

On Grievances —T . S. Sharman, Thos. Burry, F. M. Brantley. 

On Relief— 3. P. Taylor, C. C. Owen, W. T. A. Dunn. 

On Auditing— E. E. Pound, Anson Sterne, W, C. Coarts. 

GRAND HICxH PRIEST's ANNUAL ADDRESS. 

The Grand High Priest delivered his Annual Address, as 
follows: 

GRAND HIGH PRIEST'S ADDRESS. 

Companions : In the providence of the " Great I Am," my Companions, 
we are permitted to meet once more in Annual Convocation, to raise our 
"Holy Royal Arch," as it was closed, in " Peace, Love and Unity." That 
Providence which has thus preserved our lives, and through whose munifi- 
cent ministries our numerous and varied wants have been supplied, demands 
our adoring gratitude for the past and challenges our unhesitating trust for 
the years to come : "For He is good, for his mercy endureth forever." 

If there be an organization on earth, outside of the Church of God, that with- 
out presumption, may lay claim to being the child of Providence, our ancient 
and noble order may do so in the broadest sense. Not only did it have its 
birth far back in the period that preceded the Christian era, but amid circum- 
stances which marked its origin, as they stamped its mission, essentially 
providential. 



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The principles upon which it is founded and the virtues which it so earn- 
estly and universally inculcates and enforces, as well as its wonderful — not 
to say miraculous — preservation through so many centuries of unparalleled 
vicissitudes, furnish incontrovertible proof of the fastness and truth of this 
high claim. Hence, he who, with the vows of our ancient and honorable 
Order upon him, withholds from God the gratitude due for life preserved 
and its ministries continued, is atheistic at heart and unmasonic in character. 

Therefore, Companions, lifting our thoughts and affections far above the 
''Holy Royal Arch" which we have raised, let us repeat: " For He is good, 
for his mercy endureth forever." 

As in individual human lives the record of the doings and experiences of 
the years as they pass, go to the book, kept in the archives of the great 
Temple above, whose pages neither invite nor admit of revision, so — very 
largely — is it, with the doings of organizations like ours— " What we have 
written " on the pages of the past "we have written," what we have done in 
the years of the past we have done, and we can neither unwrite nor undo. 
This, however, we can and ought to do : to retrospect, in that spirit of candor 
that will neither exaggerate our successes nor depreciate our failures in the 
past, but that will give to each, that wise consideration in which is both 
pledge and prophecy of a brighter and more successful future, and if our 
Annual Convocations have any lofty aim or worthy purpose, this it is. With 
this purpose in view, let us address ourselves to the consideration of the con- 
dition of our noble Order at home and abroad. 

It affords me pleasure to say that I regard the outlook of Capitular Masonry 
in Georgia hopeful and encouraging. This I think may be fairly if.ferred 
from the following exhibit of my official acts during the year. 

On the 10th of October, in response to enquiries from Companions of Pierce 
Chapter at Butler, then defunct, I called their attention to the very liberal 
resolution of the Grand Chapter of 1883, lor resuscitation, and urged them to 
avail themselves of its provisons. They have since complied with the terms 
of the resolution, and on the 2d instant I granted them a charter and appoin- 
ted M. E., J. W. Oslin, P. G. H. P., to constitute the Chapter and install 
the officers, which duty he performed on the 15th inst. In making his report 
to me. Companion Oslin wrote : 

*• The Chapter is now organized, and will have representation in the Grand 
Chapter on the 29th inst. The Companions seem delighted with the privi- 
lege of once more meeting together around the Masonic altar. They have 
good material for officers and I think you may expect a good report from this 
Chapter. Three petitions last night " 

I desire to return my thanks to Companioa Oslin for his efficient services 
in this matter. 

On December 13th, I wrote Companion Thomas Burry, Fligh Priest of 
Adoniram Chapter, No. 41, that I did not know any constitutional provision or 
edict in this jurisdiction prescribing a definite time that an applicant should 
have been a Master Mason before being eligible to the Chapter Degrees. 

On December 30th, I replied to a Companion making some strictures on 
the action of his Chapter in a case of suspension and restoration. As I 
understood his representation, a Companion had been suspended in his 



PKOCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 



Lodge for non- payment of dues, iiiid, of course, this ivorked his suspension 
in the Chapter by operation of law. Subsequently, having been restored by 
the Lodg^, the Chapter remitted certain dues, and "declared him clear of 
the books ; and, although not so stated, I infer, restored him by a majority 
vote of the Chapter—perhaps unanimous. 

To this action the Companion complainant excepted, and argued that the 
Companion could not be restored '' except by unanimous secret ballot, and 
this upon same terms, such as petition, investigation, etc., as apply to the 
profane oi- the non-affiliated Mason." I gave as ray opinion that the Chap- 
ter did not exceed its prerogative, and that a unanimous secret ballot was 
not requisite. The terse argument of the learned Companion seemed to 
assume that suspension was a total severance of all relations to the order. 
Now, it is an accepted Masonic maxim that '' once a Mason, always a 
Mason," and suspension I regiird only a privation of the privileges of the 
order, either for a definite or an indefinite period. It' the former, restora- 
tion results from the expiration of the time specified, and in the latter, by 
vote of the Chapter, but not " a secret uiianimous ballot." 

On March 24th, on the application of the requisite number of Royal Arch 
Masons, properly recommended, I granted a Dispensation for a new Chapter 
at Rome. 

All their acts and doings under dispensation will be laid before this Grand 
Chapter. 

Some few weeks since the Deputy Grand High Priest wrote me that there 
would probably be an application for a new Chapter at Brunswick, made at 
this Convocation. 

On the 25th of April, instant, replying to enquiries of the High Priest of 
Pierce Chapter, No. 53, at Butler, I wrote: ''Dues are paid to the Grand 
Chapter by the Subordinates, on their membership as it exists on the last 
day of March each year, and as your Chapter was re-chartered on the 2nd 
of April and constituted on the 15th, i hold that you are not indebted for 
dues on your membership at the approaching Convocation." 

This is a novel case, but 1 think results legitimately, under your very liberal 
resolution of 1883, authorizing the Grand High Priest to restore charters to 
defunct Chapters. 

A number of questions of Masonic law and usage have been propounded 
during the year, in reply to which it has only been necessary to refer the 
Companions to the deciJons alrec,dy made and ]>ublished, and I deem it 
unnecessary to recite these enquiries and decisions. The number of appli- 
cations made for dispensations to receive petitions and ballot for candidates 
at one and the same Communication, justifies me in calling attention to the 
emphatic deliverance of this Grand Chapter upon that question, which is as 
follows: 

"Balloting for candidates at the first reading of their petitions is prohib- 
ited by Section 7, Article 2 of the Grand Constitution, which cannot be set 
aside by dispensation of the Grand High Priest." See "Edicts adopted 
since 1874," page 25 of printed proceedings of 1882. 

The usual courtesy has been extended to us by our sister Grand Chapters, 
in the exchange of printed proceedings, from which much interesting and 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 



important information may be gathered. Kind and flattering notice of this 
Grand Chapter is made by many, and copious extracts from the address of 
Companion Lambdin, with unqualified praise. 

It is the province of a Committee on Foreign Correspondei)ce, which I 
hope to see revived, to make selections from, and comoients upon, these 
proceedings, but in the absence of such committee in this jurisdiction, it may 
be expected that the Grand High Priest will call attention to such items as 
he may consider of special importance. 

A new Grand Chapter in Dakota presents herself for recognition and entry 
upon the Roll of our Sisterhood. 

The papers will be referred to the proper committee, and doubtless it will 
give you pleasure to recognize her claims and extend to her a cordial wel- 
come. It is truly gratifying, my Companions, to see our Order growing and 
extending. The Royal Arch Degree is the very apex and flower of the noble 
stem of Ancient Craft Masonry. Founded on a belief and trust in the 
Supreme Architect of the Universe, we are taught in the Symbolic Degrees 
reverence and love for his holy name and essence, love to our brethren 
and charity to all marikind — and here, under our "Holy Royal Arch, we are 
permitted to draw nearer to him in his perfection of goodness and mercy." 
This privilege, if we be true Companions, and imbued with proper concep- 
tions of its value, we must be glad to see all true and worthy brethren seeking 
to enjoy. 

The Bull of Pope Leo XIIL, against Masonry, has been passed in silence 
by most of the Grand Chapters. 

In the present progress of science and art and the general advance and 
diffusion of intelligence the world over, the Bull of the Vatican has been 
stripped of his horns and his bellowing frightens no one outside of the pale, 
and not all within. Most Excellent R. M. Fairleigh, Grand High Priest of 
Kentucky, in a curt and incisive address, makes this extract from the Bull 
to show its spirit : 

" If any one watches the proceedings of the Masons in respect of religion 
especially, it will appear that they drive off the Catholic Church, they add 
persecutions and insults, the rights of the Clmrch are violated, it is their real 
supreme aim to persecute Christianity ; Free Masonry is a wicked force, a 
contagious disease." 

Of course his cojitemptuous denial follows this ignorant or malicious asser- 
tion of the Pope. 

The able, full and complete reply of our Most Excellent and Illustrious 
Compinion, Albert Pike, settles the Bull with every intelligent mind. 

The controversy between the Grand Chapter of Quebec and the Grand 
Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wjiles, has engaged the 
attention of nearly all the Grand Chapters of the United States. 

While there is great unanimity in sustaining the Grand Chapter of Quebec 
in her claim of exclusive territorial jurisdiction, the action of the different 
Grand Chapters, and the remedies proposed, are not so unanimous. 

I call your attention to the following report on this question, because of 
its conservative tone and the high authority from which it emanates. 

I quote from Companion Drummond, of Maine: 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 



" The doctrine of exclusive territorial jurisdiction is one in which all 
American Masonic Bodies agree, and one to which Mnsonic Bodies, the 
world over, are rapidly coming. If the Grand Mark Master Masons' Lodge 
insists upon violating this doctrine, she cannot remain on terms of amity 
with American Grand Chapters. But the committee are not prepared to 
recommend a severance of fraternal relations at the present time : that 
should be done oidy when all other remedies have failed." 

This question having been referred, at your last Convocation, to the review 
and decision of the Grand Officers, who have not yet met in council to con- 
sider the matter, I refrain from the expression of individual opinion. In 
the meantime I submit for your considerdtibn a communication from the 
Grand Secretary of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England 
and Wales. 

I regard your course in this matter considerate, cautious and Masonic. 
FesHna lente is a wise business maxim, and in Masonry especially so. Go 
slowly. There is no necessity for precipitate action in our counsels. 

" Death," it is said, "loves a shining mark," and with his all devouring 
scythe he has been busy among our distinguished Companions. 

Past General Grand High Priest. Elbert Hartwe'l English, died Septem- 
ber 1st, 1884:, at Asheviile, North Carolina.. In announcing his death, Gen- 
eral Grand High Priest, Alfred F. Chapman, says: "The several Stale 
Grand Chapters are asked to display, respectively, and in such manner as to 
them seems best, appropriate emblems of mourning," and 1 trust this request 
will be duly observed by this Grand Chapter. 

On the 15th of April, 1884, at Oxford, Mississippi, Most Excellent James 
M. Howry, Past Grand Master and Past Grand High Priest, of Mississippi, 
passed away, and on the 28th of the same month, at Jackson, Most Excel- 
lent William French, Grand High Priest, of Mississippi, was called from labor 
to refreshment. Thus, in the short space ot thirteen djiys, were extinguished 
two of the bi-ightest lights of our sister Grand Chapter. 

On the 28th of July, 1884, James C. Luckey, Past Deputy Grand High 
Priest, of Illinois, died suddenly at Forre&ton, while alone in his room at a 
hotel, and on t!ie 12th of August our sister Grand Chapter was again 
shroudpd in gioom by the loss of Most Excellent Arthur R. H. Atkins, Past 
Grand High Priest, at his home in Chicago. Companion Atkins had been 
a great suifv-rer, and the '' silent messengei'" w;is not unexpected. 

Ag^in, on the 20th of January, 1885, the " King of Terrors" invaded the 
most sacred place of our sister Grand Chapter, of Illinois, and summoned 
into the presence of the " Great I Am," Most Excellent Companion, Hiram 
W. Hubbard, Past Grand High Priest. We extend to our afflicted Com- 
panions in sister jurisdictions, and to the immediate friends and relatives of 
the illustrious dead, our heartfelt sympathy. 

In conclusion, Companions, deeply sens ble of the kind partiality which 
placed me in this high po;;ition, and profoundly grateful for your favor, I 
must now return the trust to your hands. I have not discharged its respon- 
sible duties to my own satisfaction, and I fear I have nut fully met your 
expectations. 

Immersed in business which I could not neglect without injustice to others, 



10 PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAITEK. 

I have not been able to devote to it the time which its importance demanded. 
But this I can say, with all sincerity: the Jewel has not been tarnished while 
in my keeping by any inientumal delinquency, and I now ask that it be 
transferred to the custody of some ow-eof the?wa/??/ more capable Companions 
among you. With my best wishes for your unalloyed happiness in the 
unknown future, I am Yours Fraternally, 

W. A. GRAHAM, 

Grand High Priest. 

ADDRESS REFERRED. 

On motion of Companion Glenn, duly seconded, the address 
was referred to a eommittee of three, and Companions Glenn, 
OsLiN and C, E. Lambdin were appointed as that committee. 

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE DEATH OF COMPANION HANSON. 

Companion C E. Lambdin submitted (he foHowing state- 
ment relative to the death of our l)t'loved Grand Cimplain, Rev. 
J. B. Hanson, whicli was received and ordered spread upon the 
minutes: . ; 

To the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Georgia : 
Our Right Excellent, Giand Chaplain, Companion James B. Hanson 

"Like one who v/raps the draper}^ of his couch 
About him and lies down to pleasant dreams," 
sleeps the sleep that knows no waking. Our Companion is dead ! The 
silent Reaper, " who gathers the bearded grain at a breath," on the 21st of 
January last thrust in his sickle and gathered the ripe sheaf into his garner. 
" And doubtless unto him is given 
A life that bears immortal fruit 
In such great offices as suit 
The full grown energies of Heaven." 
Companion Hanson was a man of unsulliei honor and spotless reputation, 
v/hose every-day life was an exemplification of the ennobling tenets of our 
Order, exhibiting a keen sense of right and a fearless love of truth, shrinking 
from no contest where principle was involved, but withal modest and unas- 
suming. 

His life was gentle, and the elements 

Were so mixed in him, that Nature might stand up 

And say to all the world, "This was a man." 

His was no negative character ; he wa3 a firm and steadfast friend, ready 
at all times to meet his brethren of the " mystic tie " upon the five points of 
fellowship, to dispense light and information to his com[)anions, and, as a 
Christian, as well as a Mason, spend his life in doing good. 
" He has done the work of a true man ; 
Crown him, honor him, love him." 



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The world never misses a negative cbar.,cter ; when he dies there is no 
muffled bell tolling to tell a coiiimiuiity's loss ; he is but one often thousand 
like him, each the counterpart of the other ; but when a man of strong indi- 
viduality, of positive characteristics, and of [»ure life, passes into 

"That undiscovered country from whose bourne . , 
No traveler ever returns," 
they leave a vacar.cy that can scarcely be filled, an influence that can never 
be estimated. 

These shall resist the empire of decay 
When time is o'er and worlds have passed away ; 
Cold in the dust their perislied hearts may lie, 
■^ But that v/hich warmed it cm never die. 

- \ ■ CHARLES E. LAMBDIN, 

Past Grand High Priest. 

PllESENTATION OF PAST GRAND HIGH PRIESt's JEWEL. 

CoQipanion Joseph E. Wej.ls, Graiul Treasurer, annousiced 
tliat the Jewel ordered fur Past Grand Iligli rriest, Most Exeel- 
Jeiit LuTHEii J. Glenn, had lieeo fnocured, and hy request 
of the Grand High Priest, the sanie was formaliy presented by 
Companion La^nCi^'G Burrows, in a felicitous address, wluch 
met an appropriate and feeling response from the honored recip- 
ient. 

c ■ AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION. - . 

On motion of Companion Glenn, duly seconded, tlie follow- 
ing amendment to the Constitution offered at the last Annual 
Convocation, was taken u[): 

"That Companions of eminence and ability, coming fiom other Jurisdic- 
tions, who have rendered service to the Craft, and who aie residents within 
this Jurisdiction, may, by a vote of two-thirds of this Grand Chapter, be con- 
stituted members thereof, with such rank and distinction as may be thought 
proper, not exceeding their rank in the jurisdiction from whence they came." 

A motion U) amend the proposed amendment was offered by 
Companion Pound, and after some discussion, tlie point was 
raised by Cotnpanion Glenn, as to whether the}- had the right 
to entertain Companion Pound's motion; wiiereupon the Grand 
High Priest ruled tlie said moti(Ju out of oider. 

The motion to adopt tlie original amendment to tfie Constitu- 
tion, as above given, was then adopled by a vote of yeas 70, 
iiays 15. 



12 PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 

REPORT ON FINANCE AND RETURNS. 

Companion McLp:ni)on, from the Committee on Finance and 
Returns, submitted the following Report, whicli was adopted : 

REPORT. 
To the Grand Royal Arch Chapter, of Georgia : 

The Committee on Finance and Returns report that they have attended to 
the duties assigned them. 

They find that the Secretary has received during the last year 
$1,187.00 which, with $138.00 balance in his hands in 1884, 

makes $1,325 (>)0 

Paid to Treasurer 1,287 00 

Now in Secretary's hands $38 00 

The Treasurer has received from Grand Secretary 1,287 00 

Paid on proper vouchers 958 05 

Balance due him in 1884 13 58 971 63 

Balance in Treasury $315 37 

All of facts appear in the reports of those officers. 

The returns submitted to us have all been found correct, as shown in the 
annexed tabular statement, except that iho^e from Lawrence, No. 49, and 
Hiram, No. 5, and Darley, No. 7, have no seal attached. 

On the 21st day of March, 1884, the charter of Mount Vernon Chapter, No. 
39 was revived by it paying $50.00 under a resolution of the Grand Chapter. 
On the 31st day of the same month the year expired, and said Chapter owes 
as arrears for the ten days $8.00. The Chapter has now paid its dues for 
the year just expired, and asks that the said arrears of dues be remitted. 
We recommend that their request be granted and said dues be remitted. 

Athens Chapter, No. 1, at last Convocation was given sixty days in which 
to make returns and pay dues, else its charter would be forfeited. It has 
failed to make such returns or pay dues, and we recommend that its charter 
stand forfeited. 

Oliver Chapter, No. 25, Kellogg Chapter, No. 61. Jessup Chapter, No. 21, 
have made no returns nor paid any dues for the last two years, and we 
recommend thfit their charters be forfeited unless they make the returns and 
pay the dues in sixty days, and that the Grand Secretary notify them of this 
action. 

Austin Chapter has made no returns this year, and owes dues for two 
years. We recommend' the same action be taken with it as with the above 
three. 

Alleghany Chapter, No Oi, has made no returns since 1881. In 1883 Com- 
panion Redwine asked indulgence, which was granted on his promising 
to pay the dues by the last Convocation. This condition has not been com- 
plied with. 



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We recommend that the chatter of said Chapter be forfeited unless within 
sixty days said returns are made and dues paid, and that the Grand Secre- 
tary notify said Chapter and Companion Redwine of this action at once.* 

TABULAR STATEMENT OF RETURNS. 



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Constantine . 
Hiram .... 
Darley . . . 
Glenn .... 
Pythagora . 
LaFayette . . 
Albany . . . 
Mt. Zion . . . 
Austin .... 
Trion .... 

Jesup 

Oliver .... 
Rome ..... 
Thomaston . 
P. T. Schley . 
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All of which is respectfully submitted. 

J. A. STEWART, 
, A. STERNE, 

ORLANDO McCLENDON, 

Committee. 



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PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 



GRAND SECRETARY'S REPORT. 

Amounts received durinij and since the Session of 1884. 



No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 
No. 



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7. 

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16. 
19. 
26. 
29. 
30. 
31. 
32. 
33. 



On hand last report $ 138 00 

Angusta 

Georgia 

Constantine 

Darley 

Glenn 

Pythagoras 

LaFayette 

Mount Zion 

Trion 

Rome 

Thomaston 

P. T. Schley 

Cuthbert 

Litlionia..... .., 

Haynes 



138 


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62 


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123 


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85 


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102 00 


32 00 


37 


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19 


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89 00 


42 


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80 00 


18 00 


31 


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58 


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12 00 


19 


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No. 34. Newnan $ 

No. 38. Wm. S. Rockwell. 

No. 39. Mount Vernon 

No. 41. Adonirani 

No. 42. Wells 

No. 49. Lawrence 

No. 51. Mystic 

No. 53. Pierce 

No. 54. Jackson 

No. 58. Senoia 

No. 60. Trenton 

No. 02. Perry 

No. 15. Albany 



56 00 
18 00 
9 00 
24 00 
18 00 

13 00 

14 00 
50 00 
48 00 
43 00 
29 00 
18 00 
38 00 



$1,325 00 



Respectfully submitted. 



J. EMMETT BLA.CKSHEAR, 

Grand Secretary. 



COMPANION BURROWS ELECTED TO MEMBERSHIP. 

On motion of Companion Adams, duly seconded, Companion 
Lancing Burrows was, unanimosisly, elected to membership 
in this Grand Chapter, with the rank of Past Grand King. 

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION. 

Resolved, That Section 7 of Article II., of the Grand Constitution, be and 
the same is hereby amended by adding thereto the following clause, to-wit : 
Frovided, The Most Excellent Grand High Priest shall have authority, in 
emergency, to be judged of by him, to grant his dispensation, allowing Sub- 
ordinate Chapters to receive and ballot upon applications for membership at 
one and the same Convocation. 

ELECTION MADE SPECIAL ORDER. 

On motion of Companion Pollakd, duly seconded, the elec- 
tion of officers was made the special order for four o'clock this 
afternoon. 

INVITATION TO BANQUET. 

Mount Zion Chapter, No. 16, through Companion Gray, 
extended an invitation to the Grand Cliapter to attend a ban- 
quet this evening, which was unanimously accepted. 

The Grand Chapter was then called from labor to refresh- 
ment until three o'clock P. M. 



16 PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 

AFTERNOON SESSION. 

Three o'clock p. m. 
The Grand Cliapter was called from refreshment to labor. 
Officers and members as before. 

REPORT ON GRAND HIGH TRIEST's ADDRESS. 

Companion OsLix, from the Comniittee on Grand High Priest's 
Address, submitted the following report, which was adopted: 

REPORT. 
The Committee to whom was referred the Address of Most Excellent 
Grand High Priest Graham, have had the same under careful consideration, 
and beg leave to make the following report : We regard the address as a 
masterly production, clothed in elegant, chaste and beautiful language. The 
high-toned, moral sentiment discoursed in the address should forcibly com- 
mend itself to the favorable consideration of the Companions of the Royal 
Arch Craft. So far as we understand the report of high official acts and 
doings, we cordially endorse the same. 

We most respectfully suggest that the communication of Fred Burkus, 
Past Grand Junior Warden, of London, England, be referred to Committee 
on Jurisprudence, and in compliance with the request of the Grand Chief of 
Royal Arch Masons, of Dakota, made through William Blatt, Grand High 
Priest, we respectfully recommend that fraternal relations and recognition 
of said Grand Chapter be acknowledged and accepted by the Grand High 
Priest. Respectfully submitted. 

L. J. GLENN, 
J. W. OSLIN, 
C. E. LAMBDIN, 

Committee. 

COMMITTEE ON NECROLOGY. 

On motion of Companion Oslin, duly seconded — 

Resolved, That a committee on Necrology be appointed. The motion was 
adopted, and the following Companions were appointed as that committee : 
J. W. Oslin, W. J. Johnson, L. J. Glenn. 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS. 

On motion of Companion Adams, duly seconded, the special 
order for the election of officers was taken up, and the election 
was held with the following result: 

Companion A. M. Woliiiin M.-. E.*. Grand High Priest. 

Companion J. W. Taylor R.'. E.*. Deputy Grand High Priest. 

Companion Thomas Ballantyne R.'. E.'. Grand King. 

Companion A. M. Lambdin R.'. E.". Grand Scribe. 

Companion Joseph E. Wells R.*. E.*. Grand Treasurer. 

Companion J. Emmett Blackshear R. *. E.*. Grand Secretary. 

Companion Charles H. Freeman Grand Tyler. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 17 



IXSTALLATION OF OFFICERS. 

On motion of Companion Gray, (Inly seconded, the installa- 
tion of officers elect was made the .s})ecial order for this evening, 
immediately before the banqnet. 

GRAND CHAPTP:R OF QUEBEC AND GRAND MARK MASTERS' LODGE OF ENGLAND. 

Companion WoiJHlN submitted tlie followinjij report, relative 
to the (iifi'erences existitig between the Grand Chapter of Quebec 
and the Grand Mark Master's Lodge of England, the same hav- 
ing been referred to the Grand Officers at the last Annual Con- 
vocation : 

—^ , . . REPORT. 

To the Grand Royal Arch Chajjter, of Georgia : 

The Grand Oflicers to whom was referred the unfortunate difference of 
opinion as to the question of jurisdiction now pending between the Mark 
Master Mason Lodge of H^ngland, Wales, and the Grand Chapter of Quebec, 
have liad the question under consideration and inasmuch as there has been 
a want of unanimity in the action of the several Grand Chapters of the States, 
respectfully ask that the question be referred by this Grand Chapter to the 
General Grand Chapter of the United States for such action as it may deem 
proper for the best interests of Chapter Masonry, and that our represntatives 
be requested to bring the matter to the official notice of the General Grand 
Chapter of the United States at its next Convocation. 

W. A. GRAHAM, G. H. P., 
A. M. WOLIHIN, D. P. G. H. P., 
J. W. TAYLOR, G. K., 
■: ' ■■•''': THOS. BALANTYNE, G. S., 

Committee. 

COMMITTEE ON JURISPRUDENCE RELIEVED. 

On motion of Companion Mobley, duly seconded, the Com- 
mittee on Jurisprudence was relieved from further consideration 
of the matter relative <o the Grand Cha[)ter of Quebec and the 
Grand Mark Masters' Lodge of England. 

PAST GRAND HIGH PRIESTS' JEWELS. 

On motion of Companion Gray, duly seconded— 

Resolved, That the Grand Treasurer be instructed to procure, as soon as 
the funds of the Grand Chapter will permit, a Past Grand High Priest's 
Jewel for Companion J. W. Johnson, and one, also, for Companion J. ^Y. 
Oslin, both Past Grand High Priests of this Grand Chapter. 

Carried. 



18 PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 

INSTAI.XATION OF THE GRAND CHAPLAIN. 

Companion Lancing Burrows, Grand Chaplain elect, being 
desirons of leaving the city, was installed. 

COMPANION POWELL AUTHORIZED TO AFFILIATE. 

On motion of Companion Mitchell, dnly seconded — 

Resolved, That the dues of Companion W. L. S. Powell, a Royal Arch 
Mason residing near Newnan, formerly a member of Carrollton Chapter, No. 
22, now extinct, be remitted, and that the Grand Secretary issue to him a 
certificate authorizing him to affiliate. 

RELATIVE TO (iRAND SECRETARY'S CERTIFICATE. 

On motion of Companion Gray, duly seconded — 

Resolved, That the Edict of this Grand Chapter, promulgated in 1S74, and 
printed in the proceedings of said year, onpage 15, be and the same is hereby 
repealed. 

Resolved, further, That whenever a Royal Arch Mason, member of a 
defunct Chapter, desires a certificate of membership, the Grand Secretary 
shall issue the same to him upon payment of any dues he may have owed 
the Grand (Chapter at the surrender of the charter of his Chapter. 

Adopted. 

REPORT ON FINANCE AND RETURNS RECONSIDERED. 

On motion of Companion Glenn, duly seconded — 

Resolved, That the report of the Committee on Finance and Returns be 
reconsidered, so far as Jesup (Tiapter is concerned. 

Carried. 

On motion of Companit)n Gray, the same action was taken 

relative to Kellogg Chapter. 

On motion of Companion Glenn, duly seconded — 

Resolved, That the charter of Jesup Chapter be and the same is hereby 
declared forfeited. 

Adopted. 

On motion of Com})ani()n Gray, dnly seconded — 

Resolved, That the charter of Kellogg Chapter shall be forfeited, unless 
the dues of the said Chapter are paid by or during the next Annual Convoca- 
tion of this Grand Chapter. 

Adopted. 

The report of the Committee^ on l^^inance and Returns, as 

thus amended, was adopted. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHA]>TER. 19 



ClfAI'TKK AT KOMK. 

Companion PoLi.ARD oliered the following resolution, which 
was referred to the committee on Charters and By-Laws : 

Eesolced, That a Charter be granted to the Companions at Rome on [lay- 
meut of the Grand Secretary's fees. 

The Grand Chapter was called from lal)or to refreshment until 
7 1 o'clock this evening. 



EVP]NING SESSION. 

SpJVEN AND A HALF o'CLOCK P. M. 

The Graiid Chapter was called fVom refreshment to labor. 
Officers and members as before. 

AMOUNT DUE BY COMPANION LESTER REMITTED. 

On motion of Companion GliENN, duly seconded — 

Besolved, That the amount due this Grand Chapter by Companion R. F. 
Lester, as a member of Jesup Chapter, l)e and the same is hereby remitted. 

THANKS TO RETIRING GRAND HIGH PRIEST. 

Companion Glenn oiferevi the following resolution, which 
was unanimously adopted : 

Eesoloed, That the thanks of this Grand Chapter are due, and are hereby 
tendered to the retiring Grand High Priest, W. A. Graham, for the able, 
courteous and efficient manner in which he has presided over this Grand 
Chapter. 

Resolced, That in voluntarily declining a re-election, and retiring from the 
exalted position which he has occupied for the past Masonic year, he carries 
with him the respect, love and best wishes of the members of this Grand 
Chapter for his future prosperity and happiness. 

REPOLIT ON CHARTERS AND BY-LAWS. 

Companion MooKE, from the Committee on Charters and 
By-Laws, submitted the following report, which was adopted : 

REPORT. 
To the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Georgia : 

Your Committee on Charters and By-Laws beg leave to I'eport that they 
have had before them the application from Rome Chapter, No. 26, at Rome, 
Ga. (now working under a Dispensation) for a charter, and being satisfied 



20 PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 



with the skill and capacity of the applicants, recommend that the same be 
granted on the payment to the Grand Secretary of tiie proper fees. 
Respectfully submitted. 

M. H. COUCH, 
B. F. MOORE, 

Committee. 

REMUNERATING THE GRAND TYLER. 

On motion of Companion J. W. Taylor, duly seconded — 

Resolved, That the Grand Tyler, Companion Jacob Morris, be paid 
twenty dollars for his services during this Grand Convocation. 

Adopted. 

INSTALLATION OF GRAND OFFICERS. 

The officers elect were duly installed by the retiring Grand 
High Priest. 

COMPANION WELLS TO INSTALL GRAND TYLER. 

On motion of Companion J. W. Taylor, duly secornled — 

Resolved, That Companion Wells be and he is hereby authorized and 
instructed to install Companion Charles H. Freeman, Grand Tyler. 

Adopted. 

THANKS TO MT. ZION CHAPTER, NO. 16. 

On motion of Companion J. W. Taylor, duiy seconded — 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be and are hereby ten- 
dered Mt. Zion Chapter, No. 16, and Companion Gray, the High Priest 
thereof, for courtesies extended during the present Convocation. 

Adopted. ^ 

THANKS TO RAILROADS. 

On motion of Companion Balantyne, duly seconded — 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Grand Chapter be and are hereby ten- 
dered the several Railroad Companies for courtesies extended delegates 
attending this Grand Convocation. 

Adopted. 

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN CORRESPONDENCE. 

On motion of Com[)anion Gray, duly seconded : 

Resolved, That a Committee on Foreign Correspondence be appointed to 
report at next Annual Convocation. 

Laid on the table. 



PROCEEDINGS OF THE GRAND CHAPTER. 21 

COMMITTEE ON PRTNTIXC;. 

The Grand High Priest appointed a committee on printing, 
as follows: Jo8. E. Weli.s, Geo. R. Barker, J. Emmett 
Blacksheak. ) 

GRAND CAPTAIN OF THE HOST. 

Gom])anioD Orlando McLendon was appointed and in- 
stalled Grand Gaptain of the Host. 

The bnsiness of the Grand Gonvocation l)eing ended, and the 
Banquet being in waiting, the Grand Cha})ter was closed in 
Ample Form. 

A. M. WOLIHIN, 

Grand High Priest. 
J. Emmett Blacksiiear, 

Grand Secretary. 




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ADDRESS OF GRAND SECRETARIES. 



CtRAND chapter. 



Alabama 

Arkansas 

California 

Canada 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Dela^vare 

District of Columbia, 
Florida ....... 

Georgia 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

IjOUISIANA 

Maine 

Maryland 

Massachusetts . . 

Mechigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Hampshire | , . , 

New.Iersey 

New York 

North Carolina . . . 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania . . . . 

Quebec 

Khode Island . . . . 
iSouTH Carolina . . . 

Tennessee . 

Texas 

Vermont 

Virginia 

West Virginia . . . , 

Wisconsin 

Gen. G. Chapter U. S . 



GRAND SECRETARY. 



Daniel Sayre 

James A. Henry .... 
Thomas Hubbard Caswell 
David MeClellan . . . 
Ed. C. Parioelee • • . 
Joseph K. AVhteler . 
H. B. Mclntire . . . 
L. G. Stephens . . . 
DeWitt C. Dawkins . 
J. Emmett Blacksheai 
Gil. W. Barnard . . . 
John M. Brainwell . . 
John C. Parish . . . 
John H. Brown . . . 
Joseph H. Branhara . 
James C. Batchelor, M. D 

Ira Berry 

George L. McCahan ." 
Zeph. H. Thomas, Jr . 
William P. Innes . . 
A. T. C. Pierson . . 

J. L. Power 

William H. Mayo . . . 
William R. Bowen . . 
John D, Hammond . . 
George P. Cleaves . . 
George B. Edwards , . 
Christopher G. Fox . 
Donald W. Bain . . . 
G. T. Smithers .... 
James Nesbitt .... 
R. P. Earhart . . , . 
Charles E. Myer . . . 

David Seath 

William R. Greene . . 

J. E. Burke 

John Frizzell .... 
Robert Brewster . . . 
William H. S. Whitcom 
William B. Isaacs . . 
Odell S. Long .... 
John W. Laflin . . . 
Christopher G. Fox . 



ADDRESS. 



Montgomery, Ala 
Little Rock, Ark. 
San Francisco, Cal 
Hamilion, Canada 
Georgetown, Col. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Wilmington, Del. 
Washington, D. C 
Jacksonville, Fla. 
Macon, G;i. 
Chicago, HI. 
Indianapolis, Ind. 
Des Moines, Iowa 
Wyandotte, Kan. 
Louisville, Ky. 
New Orleans, La. 
Portland, Maine. 
Baltimore, Md. 
Cambridge, Mass. 
Gr. Rapids, Mich. 
St. Paul, Minn.] 
Jackson, Miss. 
St. Louis, Mo. 
Omaha, Neb. 
Carson, Nev. 
Concord, N. H. 
Jersey City, N. J. 
Buffalo, N. Y. 
Raleigh, N. C. 
Halifax, N. S. 
'J'roy, Ohio. 
Salem, Oregon. 
Philadelphia, Pa. 
Montreal, Quebec 
Providence, R. I. 
Charleston, S. C. 
Nashville, Tenn. 
Houston, Texas. 
Burlington, Vt. 
Riciimond, Va. 
Wheeling, W. Va. 
Milwaukee, Wis. 
Buffalo, New York 



ADDRESS OF GRAND OFFICERS. 



M.-. E.-. A. M. WOLIHIN, Grand High Priest. 

Brunswick, Georgia. 
R.\ E.-. J. W.TAYLOR, - Deputy Grand High Priest. 

LUTHERSYILLK, GEORGIA. 

R.-. E.-. THOMAS BALLANTYNE, Grand King. 

Savannah, Georgia. 

R.-. E.-. A. M. LAMBDIN, - - Grand Scribe. 

BARNfesVILLE, GEORGIA. 

R.-. E.-. JOSEPH E. WELLS, Grand Treasurer. 

Macon, Georgia. 

R.\ E.-. J. EMMETT BLACKSHEAR, Grand Secretary. 

Macon, Georgia. 

R.'. E.-. and Rev. Lancing Burrows, - Grand Chaplain. 

Augusta, Georgia. 

CoMP. CHAS. H. EREEMAN, Grand Tyler. 

Macon, Georgia. 



The next Annua/ Grand Convocation will be held in the city of 
Macon, on the last Wednesday in April, 1886. 



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